Monopod Selfie Stick Review
Photos without the assistance of others
So, I’m going to start this by being honest and saying upfront that I’m not a big fan of selfies in general and therefore not a big fan of selfie sticks. I’m not passing judgment on those of you who are; it’s just never really been something that I’ve been interested in doing with or without the assistance of a stick.
That said, working on my farm and doing activities whit horses I found myself wanting to take more selfies of me and my horses. I’m not sure if this technically counts as a selfie because it’s me and someone else in the picture, but either way it requires me to work the camera to take a picture of myself.
For anyone that is unfamiliar with horses, the first thing that you notice is that they are really large! In order to get a picture of yourself and the horse at the same time require some skill and some long arms. So there you have it, I decided that I wanted to check out a selfie stick to see if it would assist me with getting better pictures of me with my big animal friends.
I ended up with the Monopod Selfie Stick from URpower. This stick was attractive to me because it has a trigger button that connects via Bluetooth and did not require a special app or other configurations to work with my phone. You simply charge the stick, add the bluetooth device and use the native camera app to take pictures. The model that I used (500-300-1001) comes with the main selfie stick and two phone holders that can accommodate and iPhone 6 or 6+ or an iPhone 4, 5, 5S, 5C etc. The clamps that hold the phone are spring loaded so I’m sure many Android phones would work with this selfie stick also.
The stick itself is a well-made telescoping pole that has a screw connector at the end to add and remove the two included phone holders. I noticed that everything about this case was solid and well made. There is an on/off switch on the bottom of the handle as well as a USB charging port. The charging cable is included also.
Setup was a snap, I just turned on the stick and added the device in the bluetooth settings on my phone. Once connected, you just open the camera app or your phone and push the button on the handle to take a picture. The case allows you to use the forward or rear facing cameras on your device.
The one problem I had while playing with this selfie stick was that a button press did not always trigger the camera. Sometimes it worked repeatedly and sometimes it fails 50% – 100% of the time. I tried to troubleshoot this and could not identify a reason that this kept happening. It is possible that it was a Bluetooth issue or that the button itself was sticking. I’m not really sure, but it was really annoying to deal with. On the positive side, when the stick was working, it was really cool and did it’s job well.
Overall it is well-made and seemed to work and besides the button trigger issue, I would have given it 5 stars.